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22-May: The Great Howe Sound Recovery

Howe Sound is home to vibrant communities, strong economies, and stunning nature, which attracts locals and visitors alike. The David Suzuki Foundation and the Coastal Ocean Research Institute held an evening session on May 4th, to watch four short films and learn more about the ongoing recovery of the Sound.

  • Hosted by Sarika Cullis-Suzuki, Roy Mulder’s film took us on an underwater tour of the glass sponge gardens and bioherms in Howe Sound, and also focused on the amazing work of Glen Dennison in studying and protecting these newly discovered organisms.
  • Bob and Tim Turner’s film took us us a 6 day journey exploring the newly established Sea to Sky Marine Trail—the western-most extension of the Trans Canada Trail—where kayakers can journey the waters of Howe Sound and overnight at one of the 6 newly established camping spots.
  • A film sponsored by the Conservancy profiled marine scientist Ramona de Graaf and her amazing work protecting and teaching about our forage fish, and our need for healthy beaches. We learned why the “wee fish” are so essential to the marine food chain, to the diet of the Chinook salmon we put on our barbecues, and which are food for the Orcas we love to discover in the wild.
  • A film profiling of citizen scientist/activist John Buchanan and his inspiring work documented the recovery of herring in the Sound, and of the return of Pink salmon to many of our once-decimated streams.

The evening concluded with an engaging discussion on the threats and opportunities for the recovery of Howe Sound, with several of the filmmakers participating.

View the poster for this event by clicking on the image below.